How to sow tomato seeds

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Takes just:

20 minutes

Tomatoes are easy to grow from seed and should germinate within two weeks. Compact cherry varieties can be grown in pots and hanging baskets, while larger, cordon types are more suited to being raised in the ground or in growing bags.

You will need

  • Tomato seeds
  • Seed compost
  • Plastic pots
  • Vermiculite

Advertisement

Fill your pot with seed compost, leaving a couple of centimetres below the rim. Scatter the seeds evenly over the compost and cover with vermiculite. Water well, then cover the pot with a plastic bag or piece of clingfilm to keep the compost moist.

Remove the cover from the pot when seedlings appear. If growing your tomatoes on a windowsill, turn the pot regularly to prevent the plants growing towards the light and becoming distorted.

Pot on the tomato seedlings when they're about 10cm tall. Plant them deeply into individual 7.5cm pots. In late-May, harden off plants before planting them into their final position.

Advertisement

Tomatoes are hungry, thirsty plants, so add moisture-retaining crystals and a slow-release fertiliser.

Discover more ideas and inspiration

Related content

How to grow rocket leaves from seed

Winter veg crops to sow in August

How to sow salad seeds in guttering

Related offers

Offer

20 free* strawberry plants

Claim your collection of 20 strawberry bare-root plants (worth over £21) for free - *just pay £5.95 for postage. Please add the strawberry collection to your basket and enter our offer code to claim your discount.

Use code: GWD17STRAW

Order now

Offer

Save £17 on blackcurrants

Enjoy the delicious taste of fresh, home-grown blackcurrants for less. You can buy one blackcurrant 'Ben Connan' for £9.99, or save £17.98 when you buy three for just £11.99.

Order now

SAVE 20%

Subscriber only content

Save at Blooming Direct

Save 20 per cent on everything at Blooming Direct, including roses, shrubs, grow-your-own fruit and veg, bedding, bulbs, a range of accessories and more.

Unlock now